Next Forum: 27, 28, 29 March, 2023

Online and in-person in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Forum 2023 Programme

March 28th and 29th Hybrid Forum

Panels 1 to 3 will include selected subject matter experts and military academy and university students.

The theme of the 2023 Forum is: “COUNTERING DISINFORMATION”. The organizers of the IFPSP support NATO’s definition of “disinformation” as the deliberate creation and dissemination of false and/or manipulated information with the intent to deceive and/or mislead.

Our immediate past and current affairs are awash with information labelled by any side as “fake” news and at its most devious, disinformation. The weaponizing of information is not new but new platforms for the delivery of information combined with an unimaginable volume of information challenge the most critical minds.

The 2023 International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity Forum will address this reality through panels 1 to 3 where academics, operational experts and students from military and civilian institutions will exchange and share knowledge highlighting the effects of disinformation on positive peace, security and prosperity.

Panel 4: Winning High School Contest Submissions

High School students from around the world will be encouraged to submit videos and essays on the three panel topics for consideration in our IFPSP Student Contest.



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Officer Cadets and University Students

Students from participating Military Academies and Universities are invited to a special full day programme of knowledge sharing and exchange. For more information on this programme contact:

9:00-9:10 AM – Welcome Address by Mr. Stephen Gregory, Founder, International Forum on Peace, Security & Prosperity

9:10-9:30 AM – Forum Keynote Address

Panel 1: 09:40 to 10:55 AM EDT 

Panel 2: 11:05 to 12:10 AM EDT

12:00-12:10 PM – Day 1 Closing Remarks

9:00-9:25 AM – Opening Remarks

9:25-10:40 AM – Back to the Balkans

10:50-11:50 AM – Video Presentations

12:00-12:15 PM – Forum Closing Remarks 

Online & In-person, March 28th - 29th 2023 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Panel descriptions

09:40 to 10:55 EDT Understanding the information environment:  The complexity and velocity of disinformation took on new dimensions with the advent of social media. The panel will explore the contemporary information environment; better understand the disinformation, propaganda and misinformation challenges; how to effectively counter disinformation.

Panel 2: 11:05 to 12:10 EDT An historical case:  OP HUSKY:  Disinformation campaigns were widely used in WWII. The panel will explore the disinformation campaigns and strategies at work leading up to, during and after the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.

Panel 3: 09:40 to 10:55 EDT Disinformation – Contemporary case studies:  The pandemic, democratic elections, ongoing wars and military deployments provide significant opportunities to explore disinformation in today’s world.  The panel will explore and analyse current examples of disinformation campaigns that threaten peace around the world.

Panel 4: 11:05 to 12:10 EDT PSP Conference Contest winning students’ presentations

2022 Theme: Winning the Peace

The historical significance of the Allied and Italian civilian efforts to re-establish peace, provide security and lay the foundation for prosperity in Sicilian society immediately following the battle for Sicily in 1943.

The significance to Peace, Security and Prosperity of a recent UN or multi-lateral sanctioned operation, specifically highlighting civilian/military cooperation and leadership.

The significance of the collaboration among governments, civilian organizations, and the profession of arms (military) in the development and sustainment of positive peace.

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